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Meet Our Board
Twin Cities Academy Board (as of July 1, 2017)
Steve Cerkvenik, Board Chair (Parent) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Cerkvenik is a stay-at-home parent of four girls, one who attends TCA and others who have attended traditional and immersion public schools. Professionally, he operated his own event management company, worked on local, state and national political campaigns and managed a small family retail business.
Phillip Jemielita, Treasurer (Community Member) – email@example.com
Phil has held various positions in corporate finance. His current position is CFO of Scanlan International. Previous positions include Treasurer of Pemstar, an international contract manufacturer, Director of Planning Henkel Ecolab (in Germany) and Finance Director of a European division of Avery Dennison.
Alexandra Howes, Secretary (Teacher) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexandra is in her ninth year of teaching at Twin Cities Academy. After teaching English in Japan, she returned to the United States to gain her Masters in Education. Currently, she teaches English to the 11th grade, is the teacher of the University of Minnesota Writing Studio course, and is the director of the high school theater program.
Angela Davis Drew, Director (Parent) – email@example.com
Angela is a news anchor and reporter at WCCO-TV, the CBS station in Minneapolis. She’s been a member of the media in the Twin Cities for more than 20 years, first working as a reporter and anchor at KSTP-TV in St. Paul. Angela has a long history of volunteer work in Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools and has worked with several youth mentoring programs including “Lovin’ The Skin I’m In'” and ThreeSixty Journalism. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is married to Duchesne Drew, the community network vice-president of the Bush Foundation, and has a son who attends TCA.
Cassandra Lafleur, Director (Teacher) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Cassandra is the lead middle school and high school French teacher. She has taught in Haiti and Edina public schools before coming to TCA. She recently took the high school French students on TCA’s first overseas trip to France in 2016.
Krista Varley, Director (Community Member) – email@example.com
Krista owns and operates her own marketing consulting business on the east side of St. Paul, and has served on the TCA board for four years. Krista is also a board member of the East Side Business Association Board and an active community member on the east side of St. Paul
Tim Becken, Director (Community Member) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim serves as Senior Vice President of Operations at Cemstone Products Co. and Senior Vice President of Cemstone Ready Mix, Inc. He has been the Chairman at National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) since February 2010. Cemstone used to own the property where TCA is now located.
Rich Holst, Director (Parent) – email@example.com
Rich has served on the TCA Finance Committee for 2 years. He serves on several committees for the City of St. Paul as well. He has a current 7th grader and 9th grader here at TCA.